I know this topic has a partly humourous bais but it’s so true that it’s really quite sad. In fact it’s tragic as many lives are damaged by the problem.
Fundamentalist religious people and those in cults such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses who believe theirs is the only true religion will happily preach at you but they cannot afford to allow you to talk about your beliefs or lack of them for several reasons.
Firstly it is trained into them by their leaders that they should not engage in deep discussion with those of other faiths or no faith. They are warned that this is a means that Satan will use to attack them so they should guard against it.
The more free thinking ones who have even minor doubts subconsciously know that if they did allow you to talk about your beliefs which are different to theirs, you would possibly be able to pop the protective bubble they have built up around themselves, which is too frighteneing for them to contemplate.
Its frightening to them because if you took away their long held beliefs, what could they then use as an imaginary cushion against the unfairness and knocks of life and what would give them that heady feeling of superiority and power over others?
It would also take away their feeling of moral right to be judgemental of others. For some it is a fear that their dark side would be given an opportunity to escape and they fear themselves.
It would be too hard to face the fact that they are not special and will not have everlasting life in paradise. The belief that God will destroy the other 6 billion or so of us who don’t believe what they believe is what keeps them faithful and together.
With some sects there is the cultural problem of being an outcast from your family and community if you dare to think open-mindedly and question tradition, so safer to keep the blinkers on.
If the bubble is popped, believers would have to fact the fact that they had been wrong and wasted some of their life on a false premise. Not easy to accept.
One way to deal with believers like this is to ask them how they can test that they do have the truth if they can’t question it. If it is not right, how will they ever know? Remind them that they are behaving just like th Pharisees who would not allow any dissention and killed Jesus because he preached a different message. How are they different to the Pharisees?